Several dead after horror train accident on bridge in Denmark

People walk near damaged cargo compartments on a train parked near the Storebaelt bridge, near Nyborg in Denmark. (Tim K. Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
People walk near damaged cargo compartments on a train parked near the Storebaelt bridge, near Nyborg in Denmark. (Tim K. Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
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Several people have been killed in a train accident on a bridge linking the central Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, police said.

Officers did not provide further details about those killed or the number of people injured in Wednesday’s incident, which happened at about 8am local time.

A police officer looks on near a damaged cargo train compartment near the Storebaelt bridge, near Nyborg in Denmark. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

A police officer looks on near a damaged cargo train compartment near the Storebaelt bridge, near Nyborg in Denmark. (Michael Bager/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight train hit a passenger train going in the opposite direction on the Storebaelt bridge, prompting it to brake suddenly.

Police are scheduled to give a news conference later.

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The passenger train had departed from the city of Odense, on the central island of Fyn.

Denmark’s TV2 showed images of a freight train and a tarpaulin that was torn in pieces. It reported that eight people were injured.

The accident took place on a road-and-rail bridge, part of a transport system consisting of a road suspension bridge and a railway tunnel.

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The network was closed to cars on Wednesday because of strong winds, but trains could pass.